FFA Barbeques for Maricopa

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Maricopa High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) held their annual BBQ dinner on Friday, August 20, 2004 from 3 – 7 p.m. Members served delicious mesquite-flavored, pit-roasted machaca (shredded beef), tortillas, beans, cole slaw, and a beverage all for only $6 per person. Meals could be eaten at the school’s Summit cafeteria or boxed for take out.

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Diners enjoying the FFA barbeque dinner.

According to club advisor Mr. Bart Romero, “the FFA dinner has been done for the past 12 years.” Monies raised are used to assist students who attend leadership conferences at the state and national levels. “We also provide scholarships valued at $200 each for two seniors graduating from the program,” added Mr. Romero.

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FFA Adviser Mr. Bart Romero serves up a meal.

Future Farmers of America is a local, state and national organization. Its goal is to develop leadership qualities, personal growth, and career success in its members. It promotes the importance of agriculture as an industry as well as the many career opportunities agriculture offers.

Presently there are 78 students enrolled in the Agricultural Science program at Maricopa High School, 36 boys and 42 girls. At the end of October those students wanting to belong to FFA will pay $10 for membership dues.

FFA’s next fund-raiser will be a Beef Jerky sale that will begin September 6 and end on September 30.